American Rheinmetall Vehicles, a subsidiary of Germany-based Rheinmetall Defence, has announced the addition of Textron Systems to its partnership with Raytheon Technologies as the consortium bids to provide the KF41 Lynx to the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles is forming a US industry team that will consist of numerous leading US defence companies, including Raytheon Technologies, who are coming together as 'Team Lynx' Textron Systems will be a vital member of the team, bringing with it exceptional land systems technology development and production capabilities developed over decades as a major combat platform provider to the US armed forces.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles will lead Team Lynx in offering the US Army a next-generation solution for the OMFV program that features a mature, game-changing platform with a purposeful, future-proof modular design that will assure overmatch not just today but for decades to come.
Matt Warnick, managing director at American Rheinmetall Vehicles, welcomed the addition of Textron Systems to Team Lynx, saying, "This teaming agreement brings together two of the world’s leading providers of defence industry solutions in order to offer the US Army an OMFV that’s second to none. Textron Systems brings decades of experience in production with robotic capabilities that further enable our growing Team Lynx to provide a transformational product to the US Army."
The US variant of the Lynx KF41 will redefine the modern battlefield and enable the US Army to satisfy its number two modernisation priority, a next-generation combat vehicle with superb protection, mobility, growth, and lethality capabilities that will sustain overmatch for decades.
The vehicle’s Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA), coupled with substantial growth potential in power, weight and volume, will enable the American Lynx KF41 variant to confront the challenges of the future battlefield like no other.
Textron senior vice president Henry Finneral added, "Textron Systems’ Slidell, Louisiana, vehicle production facility has supported more than 15 armoured vehicle programs of record supporting over 20 countries. We stand ready to support the team and the US Army and deliver a trusted platform for the future."
American Rheinmetall Vehicles, headquartered in Sterling Heights, Michigan, is part of Rheinmetall Defence’s Vehicle System Division and specialises not only in the development of combat vehicle platforms that provide next-generation products to the US Department of Defense and federal and state law enforcement agencies, but also brings the global group’s portfolio of vehicle systems to the US market.
American Rheinmetall Vehicles offers both tracked and wheeled combat vehicle platforms with associated sub-systems and works in conjunction with customer program offices to ensure its products meet specification and performance requirements for programs of interest.
Textron Systems is a world leader in unmanned air, surface and land products, as well as providing services and support for aerospace and defence customers. Harnessing agility and a broad base of expertise, Textron Systems’ innovative businesses design, manufacture, field and support comprehensive solutions that expand customer capabilities and deliver value.
The proposed KF41 Lynx will be similar to the platform offered to the Australian Army as part of the $10-15 billion LAND 400 Phase 3 program, which will recapitalise Army’s Vietnam-era M113 armoured personnel carrier (APC) force, with a combination of a tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and tracked APC.
The Lynx KF41 will include the capability to support a crew of 12 (three crew, up to nine troops), have a max road speed of 70km/h, a road range of more than 500 kilometres, with an armament consisting of the Lance 2.0 30-35mm autocannon, a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a variety of additional close in weapons systems.